Welker believed to have torn ACL, MCL
Posted by Michael David Smith on January 3, 2010 6:42 PM ET
The early word on Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker is not good.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that preliminary tests show Welker having a torn ACL and torn MCL. He is scheduled to undergo more testing on Monday, and until an MRI confirms the diagnosis Welker can hold out hope that it's not that serious, but at the moment things look grim.
A torn ACL and MCL would obviously keep Welker out of the postseason, and it would probably affect his availability for the start of training camp and possibly the start of the 2010 regular season.
Welker finishes the season as the league leader in receptions, with 123. He was on the verge of becoming the first NFL player ever to average more than nine catches a game for a season, but getting hurt on his first catch today brought his average for the season down to 8.8 catches a game.